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ERIC Number: EJ1010275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Sound Continuing Bonds with the Deceased: The Relevance of Music, Including Preloss Music Therapy, for Eight Bereaved Caregivers
O'Callaghan, Clare C.; McDermott, Fiona; Hudson, Peter; Zalcberg, John R.
Death Studies, v37 n2 p101-125 2013
This study examines music's relevance, including preloss music therapy, for 8 informal caregivers of people who died from cancer. The design was informed by constructivist grounded theory and included semistructured interviews. Bereaved caregivers were supported or occasionally challenged as their musical lives enabled a connection with the deceased. Music was often still used to improve mood and sometimes used to confront grief. Specific music, however, was sometimes avoided to minimize sadness. Continuing bonds theory's focus on connecting with the deceased through memory and imagery engagement may expand to encompass musical memories, reworking the meaning of familiar music, and discovering new music related to the deceased. Preloss music involvement, including music therapy, between dying patients and families can help in bereavement. (Contains 4 tables and 3 footnotes. )
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia